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Can Michael Turner fit in the Falcons' uptempo offense?

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01:21 AM ET 11.15 | Michael Turner is formerly one of the best backs in the NFL, but he's had quite a fall from grace the last two seasons. It was to be expected though, he was physical runner in the mold of a Jerome Bettis or Earl Campbell. Most elite RBs tend to wear down after about eight or nine years in the league, then they're usually relegated to a backup role a la LaDanian Tomlinson. Football is a physical game, and when you're playing a position that takes a lot of punishment, you are obligated to protect yourself even though your teammates expect you to perform week after week. Some players don't mind taking a backseat and letting younger players get an opportunity. But, with some players, and even coaches, their ego can cloud their judgement and get in the way of making the decision that's best for themselves and the team.

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November 15, 2012  04:00 PM ET

It is often more like 3 or 4 good years for a RB, but Turner was a backup in SD so that extended his career. He became a full time back in Atlanta, and had 4 very good years for the Falcons. This year his YPC is down to 3.8, so it is probably time to look for a replacement.

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